David and Rachael Butcher and Nathan of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on April 9, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Ashlyn Nicole Butcher.
Grandparents of the child are Dianne Butcher of Batesville and Darrell and Brenda Richardson of Cord.
Thanks to Roy Goodman of Batesville for bringing in an Oct. 13, 1946, Arkansas Gazette article about an unusual spring on the Strawberry River near Evening Shade.
Batesville residents Stanley Hanford and Claude Justus guided Gazette writer Tom Shiras to the “intermittent spring” on the Fourth of July that year.
When they reached the spring about noon on that holiday, Shiras wrote, only a trickle of water was flowing from it.
SOUTHSIDE — College signing day usually involves thoughts of high school seniors signing with universities to play sports.
On April 9, however, it involved Southside High School seniors signing academic scholarship acceptance letters to attend college.
Known as Academic Signing Day, the event held inside the school cafeteria is one that many hope to see continued for years to come.
Salaries to be discussed
CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library to consider 2009-10 certified and classified personnel salary schedules, Superintendent Steven Green said.
The directors will also consider purchasing two buses.
A proposed school calendar for next term will also be considered.
In other business, resignations and classified contracts will be discussed and a monthly financial report will be reviewed.
Roving RV to be in town
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A company can fire an employee who can’t work because of a serious disease, like cancer, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis sided with Fred’s Stores of Arkansas, which was sued by employee Floyce Reed Peyton after she was fired as manager of a Fred’s store in Heber Springs.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board learned Tuesday the $8.8 million wastewater (sewer) project is 100 percent complete, but a disagreement over the final payments has materialized, Manager John Richardson said.
Engineer Matt Dunn reported that two contracts held by Parker Constructor originally required Parker to be completed by June 18, 2008, but the work was not concluded until months later. One contract was completed 78 days after the original deadline and the other was 93 days past deadline, Richardson said.
Harold Wilson has resigned as the chairman of the Independence County Election Commission.
Wilson, who lives just outside of Batesville, said his health problems would not allow him to continue in the position in which he has served the past 12 years, and it was “with much regret” that he was leaving.
“I have enjoyed working with all the other election commissioners, County Judge David Wyatt, Judge Bill Hicks and Independence County Clerk Karen Wooldridge and her staff,” he said in his resignation letter.
FULTON, Mo. — A man who once worked for Sharp County as a 911 director and as an Ash Flat police officer was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct, false imprisonment and supplying alcohol to a minor.
Frank Hoelzeman and his wife, Diedre, were both arrested Tuesday after authorities with the Fulton Police Department in Missouri responded to a call of a sexual assault.
An Independence County road worker was struck and killed by a vehicle this morning as he was operating a chipper truck to clear limbs along Gainesboro Road east of Batesville.
It is not known at this time if 53-year-old Jimmy Lee Jackson was wearing hearing protection and didn’t hear or see the vehicle that hit him.
Four Batesville High basketball players were included on 5A-East All-District teams.
Juniors Rachel Shellenberger and Alex Davidson and sophomore Shelby Winkle represent the 11-14 Lady Pioneers. Junior Hunter Gallant represents the 4-22 Pioneers.
All-state selections from the 5A-East were:
Eleven area high school basketball players were named to all-state basketball teams and more than half of them have been this way before.
Hillcrest’s Breanna Doyle is a 3-time selection while Southside’s Lunden Roberts and Garrett Batterton, Cave City’s Amelia Bray, Midland’s Farrah Turner and Melbourne’s Lee Lewis are 2-time selections.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners dominated the Flippin Bobcats, winning 6-2 in nonconference high school soccer action.
The Southerners started fast and led 5-1 at halftime.
Tyler Strader and Tyler Sarracino scored three goals apiece. They also contributed an assist each. Schuyler Van Emburg chipped in two assists. Josh Harris also assisted on a goal.
Goalie Mikey Fulcher stopped 16 Bobcat shots.